Some fighters would be happy, while others are furious at how the UFC handled payments for the now canceled UFC London event.
The promotion tried to move forward with their planned event of March 21 at the initial peak of government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the end, they were forced to remove the card and drive the fighters out of England as the country headed for the lockdown. Fighters, fans and the media have wondered how the UFC would take care of fighters who trained for a card that never happened.
Each fighter on the London UFC card would have been paid “no more than $ 20,000,” according to ESPN’S Ariel Helwani. This contradicts an earlier report that fighters would receive their “base salary”. This payment would have divided the combatants.
“I have been told that the fighters who were scheduled to participate on the unfortunate London map on March 21 received no more than $ 20,000,” said Helwani. “As you can imagine, some of the highest earners are not too happy with this amount, while others were happy to get something for nothing. “
One can imagine that the short notice fighters, the less notable athletes and perhaps those from the UK probably took advantage of the deal. Some may have had shorter and cheaper training camps, or cheaper travel and accommodation. At the very least, $ 20,000 is more than some of the openers would likely have won in a losing effort. Those higher up on the map, like former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, and other fighters outside of Europe may not feel they are being adequately paid $ 20,000.
The UFC has been forced to cancel or postpone a number of cards due to the new coronavirus crisis, but is preparing for a May 9 return with UFC 249.